A Grain of Sand

A Grain of Sand

Nature's Secret Wonder

Book - 2008
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"To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower. To hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour."
William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence" 1805

Here is the world viewed within a grain of sand, thanks to the stunning three-dimensional microphotography of Dr. Gary Greenberg. To some, all sand looks alike--countless grains in a vast expanse of beach. Look closer--much closer--and your view of sand will never be the same. Employing the fantastic microphotographic techniques that he developed, Greenberg invites readers to discover the strange and wonderful world that each grain of sand contains.

Here are the sands of Hawaii and Tahiti, the Sahara and the Poles, a volcano, each exquisitely different, and each telling a fascinating geological story. Red sand and yellow, white sand and black, singing sand and quicksand: Greenbergs pictures reveal the subtle differences in their colors, textures, sizes, and shapes. And as this infinitesimal world unfolds so does an intriguing explanation of how each grain of sand begins and forms and finds itself in a particular place, one of a billion and one of a kind.

Publisher: St. Paul, Minn. : Voyageur Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780760331989
Characteristics: 112 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.


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Feb 09, 2014

The photos of sand particles are fabulous. They are works of art. I found the book's information fascinating. It never occured to me that sand is not simply a mass of "sand-colored" bits. Dr. Greenberg explains and illustrates the varying composition and color of sand in different parts of the world, and even in neighboring locales. Some sand, as one example, is microscopic shells that have remained intact despite powerful forces of ocean tumbling. Greenberg also explains what the varying compositions indicate about their sources. Hawaiian sand, for instance, has a completely different source and composition from continental sand. The author is a scientist, microscopic-camera inventor, and artist.

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